Beware those Bible verses that start with Beware of the Scribes/the Pharisees – when Jesus is pointing out those other people’s faults, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll find he’s also pointing a finger at you. Because, guess what, … Continue reading
I’ve just realised something about why today was so very profoundly wonderful for me. It’s about belonging, being loved and accepted just as I am – you see, I’m an Israeli living in England, a Jewish woman living among Gentiles, … Continue reading
How can she do this? How can this woman be telling people about Jesus and at the same time react so rudely to that poor salesman who knocked on her door? Well, actually… Actually that’s the whole point. The Bible … Continue reading
Do you keep kosher? Now there’s a question Jewish people can get into long and detailed discussions about – how far do you go? How long do you wait after a meat meal before allowing yourself to enjoy a latte? Do you have separate sinks in your kitchen, or are you laid back like my mother was, and wash meat and dairy dishes in the same one?
And then there’s all the myriad rules about what you can’t do on Shabbat. My mother kept some of those – not writing, for example – but had no qualms about cooking, or doing the washing up.
Me? I rebelled against the whole thing in my teens – didn’t see the point in any of it. And now? Now I do see the point, and that’s what I want to talk about today. Because the point of it all is not what most Jewish people think it is… Continue reading
First of all, a warning: if you hate emoji and emoticons, this post is probably not for you. Me, I <3 the way language is constantly evolving, and I have lots of fun choosing emoji to sign off an email … Continue reading
Another Monday – not most people’s favourite day… so social media is full of motivational posts, telling you that you’re strong, you can do it – do you sometimes see those and feel like screaming? Or is it just me… … Continue reading
Remember you’re strong, they say. Remember all the stuff you’ve got through, you’ve survived… Well-intentioned social media memes, meant to encourage, but no, I can’t buy into this – I know the truth, I know how weak I really am, … Continue reading
A short story I wrote a while back – but no, not fiction.
I was in church this morning – which is a wonder in itself: I’m a night owl, and getting up early enough to be there by 10.30 is a huge challenge! I desperately needed a nap when I got home, … Continue reading